The purpose of this study was to present a policy analysis of the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) and how it has impacted the high numbers of teen pregnancy and teens contracting STIs and HIV/AIDs that are seen in the United States. Past literature shows the development of teen pregnancy as a social issue, as well as risk factors associated with early pregnancy and teens contracting STIs. This study utilized a qualitative design, collecting data from primary and secondary sources addressing this legislation. Results indicate that PREP is an effective program to reduce the numbers of teen pregnancy and teens contracting HIV. More research needs to be done on how to reduce the numbers of teens contracting STIs as well as how to be more inclusive of marginalized groups, including those with cognitive delays and members of the LGBTQ community. Implications for social work practice, policy and research were discussed.
|Advisor:||Chambers, Ruth M.|
|Commitee:||Brocato, Jo, Potts, Marilyn|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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